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What are these stains on my drywall?

Originally thought it was a burn but it looks quite similar to stains from another post made here. Only reason I'm concerned is because it's not circular. It is around the same size as an index finger....
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How should I arrange artificial logs, and should they become sooty?

There is a chimney powered by natural gas: I'm using fake woodchops which are made of some sort of cooked clay. I have two problems: I don't know what is the proper way to arrange fake woodchops on ...
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Hang punching bag in finished basement

I have a 40lb punching bag that I want to hang for kids but I want to do this in a way that I can upsize the bag as needed. My basement is finished, and I'm ok with cutting out some ceiling drywall ...
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Assess damage to wooden floor

My new place has scratches on large areas of the floor, mainly around the entrance and the patio door. The floor is also chipped in some places, not necessarily where the scratches are. Can I just ...
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When to recess a lag bolt in lumber, vs. using a lag screw?

I'm trying to figure out when you should recess a lag bolt in lumber, vs. just using a lag screw? Does it depend on the type of wood being screwed into? Hardwood? Softwood? Plywood? I know you can'...
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Fitted Cupboard With Angles - How To Prevent Tops Of Doors Catching When Opening?

I designed a fitted cupboard to fit into my roof space and without any prior experience to building a cupboard with complex geometry (and not very square and level walls/floors) I've run into a major ...
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Need wood size identification (or suggestions) on barn door picture

Basically I want to build the exact door below, I really like the look of it and don't want to alter it if at all possible. I started to plan things out, but I don't do much wood work. I'm having ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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Black “dots” on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Replacing recessed medicine cabinet, uneven frame?

I'm replacing a recessed medicine cabinet, which is slightly taller than the previous one and does not fit into the existing hole. I need to reduce the height of the existing frame by a quarter inch (...
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What should I do to my hardwood floors before moving into a new house?

I have a bit of an interesting situation - I just purchased a home which was essentially new construction (basically taken down to the studs and thus the floors are brand new). This is my first home ...
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Nail instead of drilling pilot hole in wood

Can I use a nail to make pilot hole in wood? Two 3/4 inch boards together then drywall. Thank you
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Ikea sidetable impossible to install

Bought an IKEA side table(listerby) today but it was impossible to install.Here is the installation instruction. If you look at the fifth step, one is supposed to use the tool IKEA provides to fasten ...
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How to fix irregularities on wood door?

When passing a sofa through door I saw a few scratches after and even some irregularities. I know there are some pastes I can use to fix the irregularities and on the past I used some kind of varnish ...
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Built-in bookshelves: removing metal runners / standards

There are built-in bookshelves in our place and (for some reason) they used metal standards / runners for the shelves in a way that is clearly visible even when you have the shelves stacked with books....
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Hold several 2x4s together for tabletop?

I was thinking of making a very rudimentary TV stand with several treated 2x4s I have here. The tabletop would look like this. What can I do to hold all these 2x4s together so that they're sturdy? I ...
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how far can i span with a double 2x12 beam with plywood in-between, glued and screwed

I'm building a carport and I need to span 15 1/2 feet, the roof will be trusses 24 feet long 4/12 pitch on 24 inch centers with metal roof. will a double 2x12 beam with plywood in-between glued and ...
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Lamp base out of wood, containing wires. Is there a safe way?

I want to build a lamp socket base out of wood. In general I'd have a total of three lamps sockets hanging from it, which I'd feed through drill holes and would wire together in a hollowed out part of ...
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How large should a hole be for a bolt to go through?

I am building a table and I have something like the following: I want to know if I have a 3/8 inch bolt, how large should the hole on the diagonal piece be? I already secured it on the table leg.
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is this due to termites? any idea what's causing the wood to turn to sawdust?

Pics below. I had this gouge on some wood paneling. The area inside the gouge seemed to be crumbling, and there was always a pool of sawdust below it. I covered it up with some caulk (brown caulk). ...
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Where can I buy a long bit for lag bolt pilot?

I'm trying to drill pilot holes for 5/16" x 3.5" lag bolts. Based on charts like this one I need a 9/64" hole that is 3.5" deep. Looking around the Internet (always a mistake), the best I can find is ...
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What is the cheapest wood or wood-like material strong enough for books?

I would like to create wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in a room, to hold several thousand books. The shelves for the larger books is in a grid like this, with vertical columns like in ...
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TV mount to 5" door frame instead of stud?

I have a 1906 Edwardian with solid 5" x 5" door frames. I just noticed that (because of stud positions) using the door frame instead of a stud would allow me to install the TV in a better position. ...
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Do lag bolts need to be centered?

I'm putting a 56lb TV on a 20lb wall mount and attaching it to two studs with 5 screws (3 on one stud, 2 on the other). Installing the plate so it is off center would make the rest of the installation ...
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Lag bolt vs structural screw (and length) for TV mount

I'm attaching a TV mount (1/8" thick slotted plate) to a wall that is 1" soft wood (redwood?) paneling over what I suspect are 3.5" redwood studs. The studs seem to be square. The mount takes five ...
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Repairing a notched floor joist

Situation I was running some new gas pipe and I notched one floor joist and drilled a hole in another. I have now learned that this is not appropriate. This was in the forbidden zone of the middle 1/...
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What is a “locus” when referring to house plumbing pipes?

What is a "locus"? The term was used to describe how a wooden house is set up. They used "locus pipes". Thanks for your help.
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Paint Exterior Door that is in Sun

I have a Mahogany door that costs me about $700/year to keep it stained and covered in urethane. It is in direct sun and just takes a beating. I don't want to put a storm door on it because the ...
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Bamboo in wood chipper?

Can green/fresh bamboo be processed with any sort of wood chipper, or is it too hard? If it can be chipped, what diameter seems to be the maximum?
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Mystery of the wet internal door

I have a mystery and would like help solving it. I have an old original Victorian door in my house that gets a wet patch on it. It’s permanently wet / damp in the same area, although sometimes the ...
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Fix wooden wall paint

I had mould in a wooden wall, so I had to clean it with the special cleaning solution. But after that I don't know what I should do to fix the wall painting. It's like a plastic or some sort of ...
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How to fasten wet dog-ear pine pickets

I got some fence pickets for a small, outdoor project (a garden box, something like this). They are super wet (I literally get sprayed when cutting on a tablesaw!) and SUPER soft - with a little ...
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Can water-based wood glue deep in timber joinery initiate wood rot?

In joinery projects where PVA glue is restricted access to air (for example, with doweling) moisture is dissipated through the surrounding wood and the glue typically takes longer to dry. Is there ...
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Retrofit zero clearance gas fireplace or insert in existing masonry fireplace

We have an existing wood burning fireplace on the main floor of our house where a gas insert was previously installed (see pics below). The fireplace previously had a brick surround and a hearth which ...
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Transparent stain on refinished windows requiring filler?

I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad ...
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Is this loft bed flooring strong enough?

I'm about to construct a loft bed as in picture: it's 240cm long and 180cm wide (7.9ft x 5.9ft). The floor frame is composed of 2 main beams (2x6) that run on the longitudinal direction, and 7 joists ...
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Making of durable plywood frame

I am making a custom camera rig for the kite aerial photography and I need a ┏┓-shaped frame like this: (depth × width × height = 40 × 200 × 100 mm, thickness ~5 mm). I cannot use bent aluminum as ...
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Lid lock for outdoor chest

I'm building an outdoor chest out of wood (frame) and PVC sheet (sides), it is approx 2 1/2 ft wide, 1 1/2 ft deep, 1 ft high. The box opens from the top like a toy chest, blanket trunk, etc. I need a ...
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What’s is the consequence of trimming too much of a wood door?

I’d like to have all matching doors downstairs in our house (link), but one of our door frames is shorter than all the others. The doors say the maximum you can trim off any given side is 5 mm, but I ...
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Cellulose ceiling tiles (asbestos?)

Came across this room with broken acoustic ceiling tiles, that I have to spend time working. The tiles look kinda "modern" to contain asbestos, but then again you never know. Wondered if anyone can ...
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Load wood beam support

How much load can a (wood) 4"x 6" handle with a span of 16' with supports only at the ends. I have a total of 6,200 load pounds on it.
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When should screws be used for general wood framing?

I was wondering what sort of fasteners are best for general Wood Framing? I understand that in general construction is done 100% with nails, but as a small time, diyer, I am looking for best practices....
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Removing mistakenly applied linseed oil over lacquer?

I recently bought a small kitchen trolley from Ikea. The top is treated with linseed oil and the instructions that come with the furniture say to apply more oil after unpacking. I dutifully did this, ...
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How to protect wood when applying concrete patch

I uncovered a situation where a couple header boards were embedded into the basement foundation. You can see in the photo they punched a hole in the foundation and ran the boards through it. I can't ...
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How to transfer lumber cut with odd angles

I am interested in learning this craftsmanship /technique: Look like the piece of lumber in between has perfect cut to match the angles. How did they transfer the cut dimension? Is there a tool for ...
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Sanding between coats of water-based finish

I built a farmhouse table with Douglas Fir, applied Saman water-based stain, and then applied the first coat of water-ased finish. The folks at the store said I should sand after the first coat, using ...
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Hidden/Floating Hardware for Solid Wood Alcove Shelves?

I would like to install some thick pieces of wood to form alcove shelves or a built-in bookshelf. They will be tied into studs on the left and right. Minimal support in the rear, against a false wall....
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Attach 2x4 to another 2x4?

This is yet another 2"x4" question. What's the best way to attach a 2"x4" to another 2"x4" that's resting over it? The rail is a 2x4 and it will be held, on each side, by two 4x4. Under the 2x4 rail ...
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How to fix a wooden screw hole that is stripped?

I have an Ikea chest of drawers with metal rollers that allow me to slide the drawers in and out. One of the drawer’s metal roller screws has popped off due the weight of the contents of a shelf and ...
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Extending wood studs or adding wood to cover over the studs

So the problem is this. I bought a house and it has this super awesome movie room. When I moved in, I took my stud finder out and it wasn't working on that side of the wall, but it was working on ...